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Justin Wilson and Mike Conway will comprise Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's full-time IZOD IndyCar Series entries for the 2010 season, the team announced during a news conference at its race shop.
"We are excited to be able to put a deal together, for both Mike and Justin," team co-owner Dennis Reinbold said. "They are both really talented drivers and we believe that they will be great teammates. We made a number of productive changes over the off-season and as we continue to build our team we feel that we are making Dreyer & Reinbold Racing more and more competitive.
Wilson, 32, of Sheffield, England, last year compete with Dale Coyne Racing, recording a victory at Watkins Glen International and finishing ninth in the championship standings. He'll drive the No. 22 car with primary sponsorship from Z-Line Designs.
"Obviously, I'm very excited to join Dreyer & Reinbold Racing," he said. "I think that they are a great team and I really like the direction that DRR is headed in. They have put a lot of work in over the winter and that is very encouraging. I believe that we will be very competitive and my aim is to win the championship. I know it may seem steep, but I feel that we have a very good chance and I'm ready to win some races. I also think that its great that Z-line Designs has chosen Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and I really look forward to working with them for a second year. It's going to be a good season."
Z-Line Designs is a leading import manufacturer of ready-to-assemble furniture in a range of materials from solid American oak, birch, and maple to mixed media combinations of wood, metal, and glass.
"With Justin Wilson driving the Z-Line Designs/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car this year, the competitive promise is very high," Z-Line Designs founder and CEO Jim Sexton said. "Justin's overall talent will only improve in 2010 as the series balances road courses and ovals. I think he's ready for a breakout year, and I can't thank Justin enough for continuing to represent Z-Line Designs.
"Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is also well positioned to help us drive value for our retail partners and the Z-Line brand. The IZOD IndyCar Series is gaining steam, and we are very pleased to mix it up with such fast company."
Conway, 26, of Bromley, Kent, England, in 2009 earned his first podium finish at Infineon Raceway -- Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's first since 2006. He recorded three top-10 finishes in his first IZOD IndyCar Series season.
"I'm very excited to re-sign again with DRR for the 2010 season," he said. "Last year there was a lot to learn and was a tough season, but now I'm more prepared and looking forward to the season ahead. Over the winter the team has been striving to build a better team and from what I have seen it all looks very exciting. I'd like to thank all of my sponsors for all their continued support and can't wait to get out and win races this year."
Conway again will drive the No. 24 Dad's Root Beer/ Roll Coater entry. Both partners are looking forward to having the Brit back on board.
"We are excited about resigning Mike and continuing to build on the equity we established in 2009," said Keith Hedinger, president and CEO of The Dad's Root Beer Company, LLC. "We are looking for good things in 2010 and Dad's Root Beer is excited and happy to be a part of it."
Said Roll Coater president and CEO Bob O'Neal: "We are excited about the upcoming season and to have Mike back on board. As I've told (team co-owner) Robbie (Buhl) before, it's good to be affiliated with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and to be able to bring customers and clients to the races. Our relationship with DRR has allowed great business for us over the years and we are excited about this announcement and can't wait for the 2010 season to get underway." IndyCar.com